Though Clemson's recruiting clock is ticking, Albert Huggins says he needs more time

Orangeburg-Wilkinson star had lengthy discussions with Tiger coaches during three days at Clemson last week

Albert Huggins (Orangeburg-Wilkinson High photo)

Albert Huggins (Orangeburg-Wilkinson High photo)

Defensive lineman Albert Huggins of Orangeburg-Wilkinson continues to move at a deliberate pace with his recruiting, and he can do this knowing full well one of his favorites is filling up at his position.

South Carolina continues to recruit Huggins, who said he doesn't have any immediate plans for a return visit to Columbia.

Huggins spent a few days at Clemson last week while camps were going on. Clemson has been one of the schools on Huggins the strongest from the early part of his recruiting and he found his time there last week to be beneficial.

"I got to sit down with the coaches more because I didn't work out at all," Huggins said. "I got to sit down with Coach Hobby, Coach Swinney and Coach Brooks and we just had a good talk about life and girlfriends and things like that other than football."

But there was also some time to talk football as well. Huggins told the Tigers he wants to play defensive end in college.

All that said, Huggins said he's not made up his mind about his future destination. When it was pointed out to him that many in the recruiting world expect him to go to Clemson, Huggins gave a chuckle and said, "We'll see how it goes."

He said Swinney told him last week he had one spot left at defensive end and had a couple of other prospects visiting later in the week.

"Hey man, if they commit, you know we can't take you," Huggins said he was told by Swinney. "I'm like, 'Hey coach, I know that, I'm aware of all that. But I need time. I'll be graduating mid-year and I need time. I need to pray about this so I need time.' "

Huggins said he talked to the Gamecocks about a week ago and told USC coaches that he plans to take visits out of state to have something to compare with the two instate schools.

"Coach Adams said, 'Hey man, you've been up here a lot of times but we haven't had the long conversations I want to have,' " Huggins said. "I'm going to Georgia in a couple of weeks and see how it is there, and then I'm going to try and go to Florida to see how it is there."

He also wants to visit Florida State and Auburn this summer.

Huggins said he doesn't have a leader.

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MoncksTater writes:

He is too good to give any "spot" away not knowing if he will commit to Clemson or not. Dabo is certain to hold it open for Albert because it is about 90% that he ends up in Death Valley anyway...there is no secret to that .

fasttiger44#293363 writes:

To Brandon: What's up with Tim Settle. I haven't heard a word about him since camp. I was under the impression he was all but saying I'm going to Clemson. What's the word on him?

BrandonRink writes:

in response to fasttiger44#293363:

To Brandon: What's up with Tim Settle. I haven't heard a word about him since camp. I was under the impression he was all but saying I'm going to Clemson. What's the word on him?

Last he named a leader, Clemson was it. Looks like he's gone to Penn State on a visit since. Can't really blame him for taking full advantage of the recruiting process. Not many experiences in life quite like the life of a highly-regarded prospect.

fasttiger44#293363 writes:

in response to BrandonRink:

Last he named a leader, Clemson was it. Looks like he's gone to Penn State on a visit since. Can't really blame him for taking full advantage of the recruiting process. Not many experiences in life quite like the life of a highly-regarded prospect.

As far as you know Penn St is just another recruiting trip for him. He hasn't said one way or the other if he is committing to Clemson up to this point. Am I reading you right in what you are saying? If I were a kid in his position, I would probably go see as many schools as I could even if I knew one school was it from the get go. But as far as you know Clemson is still the front runner.

fasttiger44#293363 writes:

I don't know how good this kid is but, if another 4 star and for sure a 5 star wants to commit wait and see how fast they take him. Let Huggins wait until next Feb to commit. They will not hold a spot open for him if someone else just as good comes along and if they do then they all need psychiatric help. They may pass on a lower rated 4 star but he better not wait too long or he will not be a Tiger.

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